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Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
Vermont Progressive Party/Facebook

The chair of Vermont’s Progressive Party is stepping down.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

President Donald Trump announced on June 1st that his administration would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.  The move was criticized not only by environmental activists but also business and municipal concerns.  Earlier this week more than 200 members of the Climate Mayors coalition signed the U.S. Climate Alliance’s “We Are Still In” open letter to the global community.  Among those in this region committing to support the Paris agreement is Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The Democrat says the letter is consistent with the city’s long-time position on the environment.

The Vermont Department of Labor says a number of the state's businesses will get refunds because of improperly calculated interest on past-due balances for unemployment insurance and health care assessments.

Telemedicine demonstration
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At a time of turmoil in health care policy on the federal level, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed a law that will expand telemedicine services and insurance coverage across the state.

Mickayla Lozell
Vermont State Police

Vermont state police say they've located a missing 16-year-old Vermont girl.

Adirondack Film Society

The annual Lake Placid Film Forum is under way this week with a focus on diversity, foreign films and a tribute to the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme.

South Burlington Police surveillance photo
South Burlington Police/Facebook

Police have released surveillance images of a vehicle spotted near a Vermont school athletic field that was found to be spray-painted with racist graffiti.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott discusses budget veto
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott was grilled about his decision to veto the state budget yesterday at his weekly press conference in Burlington today.

Plattsburgh officials have announced details of the 40th annual Mayor’s Cup festival and regatta.

Burlington, Vermont’s mayor has joined more than 200 others in signing an open letter declaring that they will continue to support the Paris Climate Agreement after the president promised to pull the U.S. out.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is not winning him any friends in the environmental community.  That’s reflected by reaction from regional advocates.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was in Plattsburgh Thursday to hold a public hearing on the state’s draft regulations to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind.

Bill McKibben
Pat Bradley/WAMC

"There's no way to get around the fact that yesterday was a disaster," renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben says of President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. "It's the thing that Trump will be remembered for for hundreds of years, assuming we're around for hundreds of years to remember...it's on the short list of the dumbest things America has ever done."

McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. The Vermonter spoke with WAMC's Pat Bradley on Friday. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at 350.org.

Vermont has a new law that seeks to promote racial justice in the state.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The New Hampshire House has voted to remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

This week, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger celebrated the completion of the first phase of rebuilding the city’s 8-mile Bike Path.  After he cut the ribbon near the Lake Champlain shoreline, he discussed a number of initiatives the city is undertaking including waterfront improvements.

Invasive steward sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this summer is expanding its stewardship partnership aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks.

Officials cut ribbon to celebrate completion of Phase 1 Completion of Bike Path
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials in Vermont’s largest city marked the completion of Phase One of the rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path and provided an update on the next phase of its construction today.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

A tiny southern Vermont town could consider forming a new school district with a neighboring community in Massachusetts.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has urged graduating college students in New York City to stand up and fight back if they don't like the state of current events. Sanders said at Brooklyn College's commencement on Tuesday that doing so is the "only rational choice."

Berlin Pond
City of Montpelier, Vermont

State and local officials are trying to find a compromise over drinking water and recreational uses of a pond in central Vermont.

Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park cover
Adirondack Wild

The environmental group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has issued a new guide to provide communities within the Blue Line with strategies for ecologically-based local planning.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

New York’s lieutenant governor was in Plattsburgh last week for what Mayor Colin Read described as the time to end the concepts phase and begin implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that an old gas station will be removed within a few weeks and public interaction will now focus on implementation of redevelopment plans.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will not attend a Vermont high school graduation to give the commencement speech as planned because of changes to his itinerary for his book tour in Europe.

Skull MRI
Pixabay/Public Domain

The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country and officials want to know if it is being properly followed.

A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release.

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A small group of activists were at NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh Thursday to drop off a copy of the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. The Republican-led House narrowly passed the bill on May 4.  They are not the only people upset with the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Five Star Urgent Care ribbon cutting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Five Star Urgent Care expanded to its tenth location in New York state this week, opening a facility in Plattsburgh.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley toured the new facility as officials cut the ribbon to begin operations.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to announce the final projects that have been approved for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the city last summer.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Legislature adjourned on May 19th with the threat of a budget veto by the governor and a special session planned at the end of June to deal with vetoes.  Although the session ended with the focus on teacher health care contracts, the leaders of the legislature say the controversy overshadowed a number of legislative accomplishments.

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